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I came upon this on their website: “The Senior Management Te...

Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

The Latin plural for neuter nouns ends -a  (in the nomi...

“into” vs “in to” and “onto” vs. “on to”

Something has happened to the spellings of “into, onto” and ...

“further” vs. “farther”

Is there a difference between “further” and “farther”? David...

He was sat

Is the dialect expression “He was sat ...” in place of “He w...

“If I was” vs. “If I were”

“If I was the Prime Minister. ...” said Ed Miliband, British...

What happened to who, whom and whose?

Has the English relative pronoun ‘who/whom/whose’ been banne...

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on: Nother

Did I say European? I mean exotic - shark's fin is not Europ...

on: Nother

a whole nother story = a-whole-nother story = another story ...

on: of a

Now there's a bit of a thing! Okay, that's enough from m...

on: of a

Accusations of petty snobbery ...! I see one hell (or Am...

on: There was/were a pen and three pencils...

BrockawayBaby (brilliant name - not on so brilliant with sin...

on: He was sat

Thank you. I could perhaps have written " who could att...

on: He was sat

Hamish, I would like to congratulate you on the impeccable r...

on: He was sat

Hamish, I would like to congratulate you on the impeccable r...

on: He was sat

If you reckon the BBC doesn't use Standard English then you ...

on: He was sat

Try watching or preferably listening to the BBC. They do it....

on: Pled versus pleaded

I am really pleased to catch on to your much earlier corresp...

on: Pled versus pleaded

Synesis may not bother you too much, but I sure am pleased t...

on: He was sat

Good points, Goofy. I agree with much of what you say. Your ...

on: He was sat

Right enough, Derek, I agree wholly with what you say. I rec...

on: He was sat

Because it is incorrect: it is dialect, not Standard English...

on: He was sat

Yes Goofy, I know. Or as I call it, dialect, as opposed to S...

on: Pled versus pleaded

DAWood is right to talk about the terrible quality of Engli...

on: Pled versus pleaded

"How do you plead?" - "He pleaded not guilty". Correct Engli...

on: Floorings?

In Scotland (and possibly England) it would be understood if...

on: Computer mouses or computer mice?

Yes AnWulf, but the man in the pet shop didn't know that bec...

on: He was sat

Euro English? I do not think there is such a thing. "He was ...

on: Hi all vs. Hi everybody

And what is wrong with the good old South African greeting "...

on: Computer mouses or computer mice?

mouse - mice. computer mouse - computer mice. goose - geese....

on: The Best Euphemism for Shithouse?

Derek says that in the US the expression "the loo" is consid...

on: On Tomorrow

OED is describing an ugly use of the word "source" because i...

on: On Tomorrow

Shaune has my total agreement: it is refreshing to read that...

on: On Tomorrow

Shaune has my total agreement: it is refreshing to read that...

on: The Best Euphemism for Shithouse?

At the school in Scotland I attended as a youth, one large, ...

on: On Tomorrow

"We will have a staff meeting tomorrow" is just as bad a thi...

on: Green eyes

Shakespeare's Othello: "Beware the green-ey'd monster, Jeal...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Valentina, you hit the nail on the head. The politicians s...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Who wrote this nonsense in the American Heritage Book of Eng...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Valentina raises interesting questions. Is the preference fo...

on: Prepositions at the end of a clause

If you prefer "This is her" instead, "her" is being used dis...

on: It is you who are/is ...

Does 'who' refer to "it" or to "you"? It is, you are. You ar...

on: What happened to who, whom and whose?

Perhaps it is useful to ask how the word "that" translates i...

on: Idea Vs. Ideal

Maybe that is why he is a Pastor. ...

on: Two Weeks Notice

Notice of two weeks = two weeks' notice. The apostrophe is t...

on: It is you who are/is ...

No, someone has purloined my identity. The last three messag...

on: It is you who are/is ...

It is I who am ...; it is you who are ....; It is he who i...

on: It is you who are/is ...

It is I who am ...; it is you who are ....; It is he who i...

on: It is you who are/is ...

It is I who work. = I work. Who relates to I....

on: Prepositions at the end of a clause

Yes Anwulf I enjoy German, love it, performed with distinct...

on: Signage

Anwulf "Under urgency!" Horror! Where do they get these ph...

on: Prepositions at the end of a clause

Anwulf you say you do not know what Latin has had to offer ...

on: It is you who are/is ...

"C'est moi", rather than "C'est je." The grammatical explana...

on: Prepositions at the end of a clause

Anwulf makes a great virtue about the Anglo-Saxon contributi...

on: It is you who are/is ...

It is, you are, who is, who are. "It is" singular because 'i...

on: Signage

The indiscriminate use in New Zealand of "signage" to mean s...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Have now done so. Cracking good read! I suggest that you use...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Merriam–Webster's Dictionary of English Usage is a usage dic...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

'If I was a cad' allows the possibility that maybe I was ind...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Goofy English usage and correct (as you say, formal) Englis...

on: “think of” vs. “think to”

To think to act, meaning thinking of acting, wondering wheth...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Re: “If I was” vs. “If I were” Perfect pedant: If I was an...

on: Idea Vs. Ideal

Nan, really enjoyed the one about getting one's drawers i...

on: Green eyes

Othello: Iago: Desdemona: "beware the green-eyed monster, j...

on: Just because..., (it) doesn’t mean...

The "it" nicely summarises the first clause to act as a conc...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

"If I was a hopeless cad, I would apologize." This means th...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

"If I was the Prime Minister, I would change the law." This ...

on: “think of” vs. “think to”

'Think to ..." is wrong, no doubt about it. It is dialect, n...

on: O’clock

Enjoyed greatly the notion that "o'clock" is from the German...

on: Idea Vs. Ideal

Thank you all for giving me the best laughs for years, readi...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

If I was ... I would ... has one indicative verb (was: factu...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Good one, "I wish I were .....". Now, why is it "I thought I...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Good one, "I wish I were .....". Now, why is it "I thought I...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Good one, "I wish I were .....". Now, why is it "I thought I...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

OK, I found idiolect on Google dictionary, and its definitio...

on: What happened to who, whom and whose?

Who for people, which for things. When the relative pronoun ...

on: What happened to who, whom and whose?

Who for people, which for things. When the relative pronoun ...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

I do not know which writers have been using 'was' and 'were'...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

I don't think it needs an education in a decent UK school, j...

on: “for long”

A nice question but there are other words which have to have...

on: Two Weeks Notice

If "notice of two weeks" is an alternative, then "two weeks'...

on: “My writing books” or “Me writing books”?

Hey, goofy, a gerund IS a noun, that is why it is a gerund a...

on: “My writing books” or “Me writing books”?

Why must we add the word "the"? What does this lend to make ...

on: “My writing books” or “Me writing books”?

They do not appreciate my singing the national anthem. *The...

on: Specifying time duration without “for”

Perhaps it would help to think about whether it is the runni...

on: Specifying time duration without “for”

Perhaps it would help to think about whether it is the runni...

on: What happened to who, whom and whose?

To clarify : In other words, people use "that" in the first ...

on: What happened to who, whom and whose?

To clarify : In other words, people use "that" in the first ...

on: What happened to who, whom and whose?

Matt P: Fill in the missing word from the ones on the list ...

on: What happened to who, whom and whose?

Eat your words, Entomophagist! You spelled 'minutiae' and 'w...

on: What happened to who, whom and whose?

Spellcheck is one culprit, then. I said in the first place t...

on: What happened to who, whom and whose?

Spellcheck is one culprit, then. I said in the first place t...

on: What happened to who, whom and whose?

"The Man that fell to Earth" or "Ladies that Lunch": "people...

on: What happened to who, whom and whose?

"Normal" English? It is certainly very common!...

on: What happened to who, whom and whose?

Carol: quite right, not all Americans use "that" in place of...

on: What happened to who, whom and whose?

Good point - the Americans are better than the English at ge...

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